Trevor A.

- Civil Engineering
Rio Rancho, NM

Study Abroad Location: England, Leeds

Interests: Cycling, Urban Sketching, Running, Creative Writing

Extra Curricular Activities: UNM4Nepal, ASCE, Lobo Builders

Red or Green? green

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Favorite Class: The Legacy of Dissent and Democracy

Favorite Bands: Yat-Kha, Wardruna, Yes, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Bela Fleck

What does it mean to be a Lobo?
To be a Lobo, is to be a part of a wonderfully diverse community. Being a Lobo is about feeling supported here in New Mexico, and then feeling prepared and strong when taking your adventures abroad. Attending UNM can sometimes mean being viewed as the underdog; to be a Lobo means to rise above expectations and do extraordinary things.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when entering UNM?
When beginning my studies at UNM, I wish I had known that it is okay to not have everything figured out. I spent too many months worrying about the distant future. Now, I feel as though I have more trust in myself and my community to help ensure my future success – this has made the present much more enjoyable.

Why did you choose to study abroad?
I think the big reason I chose to study abroad is because I don’t know what the effects of studying abroad would be. After coming to such a large university and beginning to realize just how much world is out there, unknown to me, I have an even stronger desire to go to a foreign land with an open mind and absorb as much as possible. So much of the world exists without us; however, I like to be involved.

What new activities/sports do you plan on trying during your exchange?
I’ve set the goal of making the University of Leeds cycling team this year, being the first time that I will attempt to take my bike-riding to a competitive level. I consider myself to be a strong cyclist, but it will require quite the commitment if I’d like to take it to the next level.

Meet Trevor A.

Rocky Road to Dublin

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At 5:40AM, on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day, I met seven tired friends on the first floor of our Lupton N-block accommodation.  We had an adventure planned, and it started at the Leeds train station at 6:30. Things weren’t off to a great start when we got word at 6:25 that our 6:30 train […]

My European Winter Adventure

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  I started in Amsterdam, on December 24th, arriving in the morning after a quick 50-minute flight from Manchester.  I had gone alone to Europe, where I would spend the last bits of 2017.  I traveled through 3-countries, and stopped in 4-cities throughout 11-days. Walking out of the rail-station into central Amsterdam was stunning.  Immediately, […]

Riding North for the Winter

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It wasn’t too long before I left that I had even begun to make plans for this adventure. On the morning of December 11th, I set off on my bike from my Lupton residence here in Leeds with the destination being The Lake District.  Without much time to spare, I packed a large backpack full […]

The Benefit of Taking Your STEM Education Abroad

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Last spring, spending my evenings planning for my upcoming year abroad, I put a lot of effort into trying to find courses here in Leeds that would match exactly with what was being taught back at the UNM Centennial Engineering Center.  Fortunately, that wasn’t the way it worked out in the end, and I wound […]

Two Lessons Learned During a Whirlwind First Week

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Well, I have officially been here in Leeds one week, and it’s been quite the whirlwind. The feeling of gratification I felt once I had stepped off the plane (and successfully found my luggage) in Manchester was incredible.  So much time had gone into preparing for this adventure, and my arrival in England filled me […]